[OS X TeX] Configuring a new TeX installation

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Fri Jan 19 09:20:14 CET 2007


On Jan 19, 2007, at 01:38, Josep M.Font wrote:

> My new Mac arrived, and I am going to install TeX. I followed the  
> recent discussions--incl. tonight's--and I thought I understood the  
> situation and felt safe by going to install MacTeX-2007.
>
> However I just noticed I don't know how the *configure* stage is  
> done with these new tools. I now realize much of the discussion has  
> been about *installation* and not about *configuration* (building  
> the formats, etc.).
>
> I was satisfied with i-Installer's procedure, because I need non- 
> standard hyphenation patterns, and it did work perfectly. My  
> understanding has been that TeXLive is not an i-package, so you  
> cannot run i-Installer to configure it. Am I right ? Is there a GUI  
> application to configure this TeX ? Should I use the command line  
> (don't know how to) ? Perhaps I mixed everything up ?

TeX Live comes pre-configured to include all hyphenation patterns (a  
list was posted just a few days ago). But you're right, a  
configuration GUI has yet to be added.

> Suddenly I have realized that this step is crucial for me, and  
> perhaps I should stick to the old methods and install and configure  
> gwTeX with i-Installer...

For now this probably is the safe bet, but there will be a separate  
config GUI, eventually, perhaps as part of the system preference  
panel Jerome made (developers are welcome).

Maarten

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